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Mar 24, 2017
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He should have won the Cy Young last year. He could be a leading candidate again this year, too.
River Ave. Blues 10 hours ago

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Your browser does not support iframes.The Yankees are playing the Tigers this evening and unfortunately the game will not be televised. Blah. At least Spring Training is almost over. Masahiro Tanaka is starting tonight and he has yet to allow a run this spring through 18.2 innings. Justin Verlander is the only pitcher to throw […] The post Tuesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Grand Rapids Press 21 hours ago
Over/under on Tigers wins well behind Indians, and other MLB prop bets

Over/under on Tigers wins well behind Indians, and other MLB prop bets

How many wins will Justin Verlander have? Home runs for Miguel Cabrera? The Detroit Tigers were in wild-card contention all the way until the final week of the 2016 season, but still finished eight games behind the Cleveland Indians. According to oddsmakers in Las Vegas, 2017 will be similar. The over/under on Tigers wins for the season has been set at 83, second-best in the American League Central, but 10.5 games behind the Indians. Cleveland actually has the highest over/under of any AL team, and is behind only the Chicago Cubs (96) and Los Angeles Dodgers...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2017
Jordan Zimmermann looks more like old self in Tigers' loss to Blue Jays split squad

Jordan Zimmermann looks more like old self in Tigers' loss to Blue Jays split squad

Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler return to lineup, and Nicholas Castellanos continues his spring-training tear. LAKELAND, Fla. - Miguel Cabrera was back. Ian Kinsler was back. Is Jordan Zimmermann back? The Detroit Tigers right-hander followed the lead of Justin Verlander, Matthew Boyd and Anibal Sanchez in their dominant starts the three previous days. After struggling severely his previous two outings, he delivered a much more Zimmermann-like performance in the Tigers' 4-3 loss to a Toronto Blue Jays split squad Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2017
Anibal Sanchez's scoreless streak, confidence rise in Tigers' loss to Pirates

Anibal Sanchez's scoreless streak, confidence rise in Tigers' loss to Pirates

Sanchezs scoreless streak reaches 14 innings, as he no-hits the Pirates in his six innings of work Saturday. BRADENTON, Fla. - Brad Ausmus said Friday that Matthew Boyd was pitching as well as anybody for the Detroit Tigers during spring training. Anibal Sanchez is giving Boyd and Justin Verlander a run for their money now. The new-look Sanchez, who tweaked his delivery through a series of sessions with pitching coach Rich Dubee, continued to string of domination during the Tigers' 5-4 spring-training loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday at LECOM...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2017
Tigers Gameday: Matt Boyd looks to continue to impress in televised start vs. Braves

Tigers Gameday: Matt Boyd looks to continue to impress in televised start vs. Braves

Tigers left-hander has been especially good in his last three outings. LAKELAND, Fla. - Justin Verlander kept his string of strong spring-training starts going. Now it's Matt Boyd's turn. The left-hander will make his fifth Grapefruit League start and sixth appearance as the Detroit Tigers host the Atlanta Braves Friday afternoon after the teams met Thursday night in Kissimmee. This will be Boyd's first appearance at Joker Marchant Stadium this spring. Boyd, who is trying to secure a spot at the back of the Tigers' rotation, has been impressive throughout spring...
numberFire Mar 24, 2017
Fantasy Baseball: Yes, Justin Verlander Can Be Your Ace

Fantasy Baseball: Yes, Justin Verlander Can Be Your Ace

He should have won the Cy Young last year. He could be a leading candidate again this year, too.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2017
Justin Verlander ready to hit ground running as 2017 season draws near

Justin Verlander ready to hit ground running as 2017 season draws near

Detroit Tigers ace believes hes further along now than he was at this point last year. KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Justin Verlander says that he's further along now than he was at this point last spring. His competitiveness appears to be in midseason form, but he does recognize that it's still only spring training. Need proof? Verlander lost a 12-pitch duel against Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman in the first inning Thursday night, when Freeman hooked a 95 mph fastball over the right-field wall, and Verlander didn't seem terribly upset about it. "I may not pitch him...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 23, 2017
Justin Verlander, Nicholas Castellanos shine in Tigers' 2-1 loss to Braves

Justin Verlander, Nicholas Castellanos shine in Tigers' 2-1 loss to Braves

Tigers ace turns in third straight dominant start, while third baseman continues making case for No. 2 spot in lineup. KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Generally, spring-training boxscores are not very helpful. Nor are they reliable if you're trying to glean something about a team or player. Sometimes, though, raw numbers do not lie. Nor does the eye test. The Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and Nicholas Castellanos are passing their Grapefruit League tests with flying colors these days. They both shined in the Tigers' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves Thursday night at Champion...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 23, 2017
Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander looks to keep rhythm in TV game vs. Braves

Tigers Gameday: Justin Verlander looks to keep rhythm in TV game vs. Braves

Tigers play Braves in of their next five games as spring training starts to wind down. KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Detroit Tigers fans were able to watch on TV as Ian Kinsler helped Jim Leyland-managed Team USA clinch the World Baseball Classic championship Wednesday night. Tonight, Tigers fans can watch Justin Verlander try to build upon what's been a strong spring for the ace right-hander. Verlander will make his sixth start of spring training as the Tigers take on the Atlanta Braves in a game televised on Fox Sports Detroit from the ESPN Wide World of Sports...
Bless You Boys Mar 23, 2017
Spring training 2017: Who should be the Tigers’ 5th starter?

Spring training 2017: Who should be the Tigers’ 5th starter?

Manager Brad Ausmus has a decision to make as the Tigers get closer to Opening Day. One of the questions that has hovered over Brad Ausmus, Al Avila, and the rest of the Detroit Tigers like a storm cloud since the first day of spring training is who should be the Tigers’ fifth starter? The Tigers already have four guys who are a lock for the rotation, barring any injuries. Obviously, Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer will start on the big league squad, as will Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann, if they can stay healthy. That means there is one spot remaining. If you were in charge,...
Bless You Boys Mar 20, 2017
2017 MLB preview: Tigers entering an era of uncertainty under new owner Chris Ilitch

2017 MLB preview: Tigers entering an era of uncertainty under new owner Chris Ilitch

As Chris looks to fill his father’s shoes, the Tigers are teetering on the edge of contention. Over the past several years, Detroit Tigers fans have struggled with the idea that their team’s window is coming to a close. We bristled at the idea that these Tigers were the next Philadelphia Phillies, then bashed the projection systems when they started to say what we didn’t want to hear. We pointed to things like Miguel Cabrera’s ludicrous stat lines, Justin Verlander’s advanced repertoire, and Dave Dombrowski’s striped polos as reasons to believe that this Tigers team could hold...
Bless You Boys Mar 19, 2017
Justin Verlander and Kate Upton host annual dog adoption event

Justin Verlander and Kate Upton host annual dog adoption event

The Tigers pitcher and his fiancee are helping find homes for dogs and raising money for charity. Along with the sound of sharply hit home runs and the pop of a ball in a new leather glove, one of the surest signs of spring is the annual Grand Slam Adoption event held at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium every March. The event is now in its third year, and each season Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander and his finacée Kate Upton do their best for find homes for deserving dogs, while also raising money for canine charities they support. (Come to think of it, K9 would be a great name for a...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 18, 2017
Tigers sweep split-squad games, but concern focused on J.D. Martinez

Tigers sweep split-squad games, but concern focused on J.D. Martinez

In Lakeland, Justin Verlander threw 80 pitches in five scoreless innings. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Justin Verlander pitched five scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers mounted a ninth inning comeback to beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium.  About 40 minutes later, the other half of the Tigers' split squad finished off a 7-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Orlando. But most of the post-game concern centered on J.D. Martinez, who suffered a sprained right midfoot in the first inning in Lakeland. X-rays were negative and he will be...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 18, 2017
Check out photos of Kate Upton, Justin Verlander and their furry friends

Check out photos of Kate Upton, Justin Verlander and their furry friends

Verlander, who was scheduled to pitch the days game, took time to pose for photos with adoptable -- and adorable -- dogs in the Joker Marchant Stadium outfield. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Model and actress Kate Upton and her fiance, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, hosted their annual Grand Slam dog adoption event before Saturday's game. Verlander, who was scheduled to pitch the day's game, took time to pose for photos with adoptable -- and adorable -- dogs in the Joker Marchant Stadium outfield. They were joined by teammates Michael Fulmer, Justin Upton and...
Bless You Boys Mar 18, 2017
GameThread: Marlins at Tigers at Braves, 1:05 p.m.

GameThread: Marlins at Tigers at Braves, 1:05 p.m.

The Tigers split their squad for two games today. Verlander and Pelfrey pitching. Miami Marlins at Detroit Tigers Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Joker Marchant Stadium - Lakeland, FloridaSB Nation Blog: Fish StripesMedia: Gameday Audio (Marlins’ broadcast) LINEUPOmar Infante, 2BAndrew Romine, 3BJ.D. Martinez, RFJustin Upton, LFBrett Pill, 1BMikie Mahtook, CFJames McCann, CJohn Hicks, DHDixon Machado, SS SCHEDULED TO PITCHJustin Verlander, Alex Wilson, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Logan Kensing, William Cuevas Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Champion Stadium - Orlando,...

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